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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 19, 2011 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Phil-harmonic finale to the Playin' symphony, an obscure mastepiece [long]

I did not think the band was capable of such an extended (17 minutes) and varied jam at this juncture in their career,not so much about noise making with gizmos but truly inspired music making,it did bring back the vibe of the heyday performances,to what extent is a matter of opinion.I found the sound of the band to be less grating ( although Bob's tone was distracting) and not quite so synthetic,bkidwell explained the how's and why of this in his post.While I felt the band approached the music as individuals in this version,it achieved a group sound in an odd sort of way,Jerry and Phil seemed to be together somewhat at the root of the music,with Vince tying things together with some very strong playing,Bob seems contradictory in tone and attack and the drums as usual Billy is good and Mickey is unnecessary and intrusive.What is impressive about this version is the amount of different ideas incorporated into the jam in a nice,flowing manner and how it sort of bounces from player to player.Considering it is 1994 this is a very strong effort.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 19, 2011 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Phil-harmonic finale to the Playin' symphony, an obscure mastepiece [long]

Thanks a lot for sharing your impressions - from your posts, I had gathered you liked the jams with a very free feeling and the band "exploring its way forward" even when the music sounds strange and never finds a toe-tapping kind of groove. I am glad to see someone else hears a bit of the 72-74 spirit in this. I wish the later career of the band had more jams like this one, but as we all know, they are hard to find. This is one that I thought had managed to escape notice despite being about as good as the 76-95 band ever got at really cutting loose.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 19, 2011 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Phil-harmonic finale to the Playin' symphony, an obscure mastepiece [long]

This was a very interesting version in that it was not only good for 94' but was impressive as a post hiatus version in that it contained some true improvisation on a group level even though the group interaction wasn't quite the same as in the old days,maybe a bit more individual playing molded into a group like jam.I enjoy very much when the music takes a turn for the weird and unusual,toe tapping is certainly not a requirement.If more of their later music was like this I might be more inclined to give it a listen.